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November 22, 2018
The way to head off the worst strains of nationalism is to pre-empt them with more humane appeals to legitimate concerns for national identity
November 22, 2018
Our own holiness will mend the Church SIR – In the opening paragraph of his article “The root of the abuse crisis” (August 31), Christopher Altieri asks the question: “How did we get here?” The abuse within the Church has horrified us all, from the lay faithful to the faithful bishops, including the Pope. Much
November 22, 2018
As the abuse crisis deepens and Church officials struggle to reassure laity that they are taking their grievances seriously, some social media users have proposed a radical solution of their own. They’re urging President Donald Trump to sever diplomatic ties with the Holy See. The argument stems from widespread claims – particularly those stemming from
November 22, 2018
It is, perversely, a mark of Catholicism’s success that it is being targeted in Africa
November 22, 2018
The big story of the past seven days ✣ Vatican intervenes at US bishops’ assembly What happened? Late afternoon on Sunday, the day before US bishops gathered in Baltimore, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the bishops’ conference president, received a letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, asking the American bishops to
November 22, 2018
Paradise, United States Pope Francis prays for victims of wildfires Addressing pilgrims in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the Californian wildfires. He asked that “the Lord welcome the deceased into his peace, comfort family members and sustain all those involved in rescue efforts”. Francis said he wanted to
November 22, 2018
The news that Pope Francis has appointed the 59-year-old Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to the position of adjunct secretary at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) did not get as much attention as it might have under different circumstances. It is something worth a closer look. Archbishop Scicluna’s appointment to the position,
November 22, 2018
The black avalanche of sex-abuse stories can become so incessant that we want to forget about it. But we need to face it honestly. A thousand years ago, when St Peter Damian wrote his denunciation of sexual immorality among the clergy, Pope Leo IX thanked him profusely. “Everything that this little book contains,” the Pope
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